Kids In Vancouver: Check Out Sharing Space With Wildlife – Science World’s Newest Exhibit

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If your kids have seen the animated movie Over The Hedge, then they know how dangerous it can be for wildlife to safely navigate their way through suburban sprawls and emerge unscathed.

A newly-launched project – the Sharing Space with Wildlife Exhibit – was erected this week at Science World’s Ken Spencer Science Park, with a mission to educate youth and their families on the safety issues that impact wildlife as they try to survive life surrounded by humans and city dwellings. Here’s what you can expect from this 600 ft. interactive exhibit that now calls Science World home.

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Kids In Vancouver: Check Out Sharing Space With Wildlife – Science World’s Newest Exhibit

Jumpin’ Jazz Time With Vancouver Civic Theatres and VSO (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Jazz makes everything cooler. Get your boogie-woogie babes buddle up for a Friday of frolicking and fun at the Vancouver Civic Theatres’ Playhouse.

The Vancouver Symphony’s Orchestra presents the first Tiny Tots concert of 2016 – proudly proclaiming “It’s Jumpin’ Jazz Time!” Children’s entertainers Lisa and Linda of Let your Music Shine create a move-along, sing-along, fun-filled morning on the A-Train, accompanied by a jazz trio.

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Jumpin’ Jazz Time With Vancouver Civic Theatres and VSO (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

5 Best Summer Exhibits at Vancouver Museums and Attractions

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Sure, beach time is what summer in Vancouver is all about. But if you happen find your brain turning to mush, your creative drive in need of inspiration, or rain on the horizon, duck inside and check out these cool, relatively new summer exhibits at Vancouver museums and attractions.

5 Best Summer Exhibits at Vancouver Museums and Attractions

1) Foncie’s Fotos at Museum of Vancouver, through January 2014
Foncie Pulice, Vancouver’s most prolific and beloved street photographer, took about 15 million photos of Vancouver residents from the 1930s to the 1970s shooting in hotspots along Granville Street and Hastings Street. Museum of Vancouver is offering a rare chance to peek back into Vancouver urban history at their new exhibit of his work: Foncie’s Fotos: Man on the Street.

2) Grand Hotel at the Vancouver Art Gallery, through September 15, 2013
Hotels are a place where it seems like anything can happen. Rock stars, beat poets and actors take up residence in hotels. Hotels symbolize so many things, from seedy to decadent, including easy wish-fulfillment, escape and purgatory. The Vancouver Art Gallery captures these complexities in their fantastic new exhibit: Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life.

3) Science of Sexuality at Science World, through September 2, 2013
From Remy’s coverage: Think Science World is just about sprockets and pulleys, creepy crawlies and whimsical gadgets? Think again. Pushing the boundaries of science education, Science World has just unveiled a provocative new exhibit on the Science of Sexuality (running through Sept. 2).  The self-guided display explores the stages of human sexual development, all the way from conception to first love and beyond. Continue reading:
5 Best Summer Exhibits at Vancouver Museums and Attractions

Vancouver International Children’s Festival Returns to Granville Island May 27-June 2

Photo credit: Flickr user Kids Fest

Photo credit: Flickr user Kids Fest

Vancouver International Children’s Festival is the kind of event that makes you want to be a kid again, or latch onto a friend with kids so you can get involved in the magic. The 36th edition of the world-renowned performing arts extravaganza takes place May 27-June 2 2013 on Granville Island.

What’s so special about Vancouver International Children’s Festival? The best performing artists for children come from countries far and wide, including Norway, Africa, Germany and our very own Canada, to put on 12 shows at indoor and outdoor venues throughout Granville Island. In addition to the performances, there are 15+ hands-on activities for families. Options range from shadow puppetry, bicycle spin art and circus skills to a massive outdoor weaving project, a twist-and-toddle play area and more. The overwhelming interactivity can make Disney World seem inadequate.

Every year, Vancouver International Children’s Festival draws some 30,000 parents and children to Vancouver Island. Find out about the 2013 festival highlights and how to get tickets after the jump. Continue reading:
Vancouver International Children’s Festival Returns to Granville Island May 27-June 2

5 Fun Things To Do with Kids in Vancouver When It’s Sunny

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We’ve done the research for you busy folks with young kiddos. Use the intel to plan ahead for the next Vancouver sunny day!

5 Fun Things To Do With Kids In Vancouver When It’s Sunny

1) Pet the animals at Maplewood Farm
In the 1920s, Maplewood (405 Seymour River Place) was a working dairy. Today, it’s one of greater Vancouver’s best spots for networking with some feathered and/or furry friends including goats, sheep, pigs, Shetland ponies, miniature horses and New Zealand bunnies. You can even schedule a pony ride. Situated near Mount Seymour, Maplewood is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. Deets on hours and admission here.

2) Play mad scientist at Science World’s new outdoor Ken Spencer Science Park
Don’t get me wrong, it’s really entertaining inside Science World, but the new Ken Spencer Science Park is radically playful in a characteristically Vancouver way. All the activities focus on green initiatives–a.k.a. environmental science. Watch an outdoor science show, learn about city farming, check out vertical gardening, meet the resident chickens and discover the science of water, transportation and waste. It’s veg dressed up as dessert. The kids will eat every last bite. Continue reading:
5 Fun Things To Do with Kids in Vancouver When It’s Sunny

6 Free Things To Do in Vancouver Between Now and the End of April

Photo credit: Joseph Lin

Photo credit: Joseph Lin

From family-friendly exhibits and outdoor activities to gin tasting at Vancouver’s first craft distillery, what are you waiting for? Go have fun.

6 Free Things To Do in Vancouver Between Now and the End of April

1) Scope some scrimshaw (whale bone porn) at Vancouver Maritime Museum Thursday nights
Thursday nights (5-8pm) at Vancouver Maritime Museum are by donation. So grab a date and go see the cool and mildly controversial exhibit: Tattoo & Scrimshaw. The saucy images on whale bone led to several bad puns in international headlines and an angry mother. Note: the few items in question are in an elevated display case out of the way of little eyes.

2) Picnic, walk or bike the cherry blossoms til they’re gone
Entire Vancouver streets are lined with blooming cherry trees. Open a door in a coffee shop and a gust of petals blow in. You get the idea. There are 40,000 cherry spread around town. Use the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival bloom map to locate your favourite blossom variety. Then decide whether you want to eat/doze, walk or bike under the pink canopy. The official free Bike the Blossoms meet up is April 27, if you’re keen to join a group.

3) Taste Vancouver-made craft booze at Long Table Distillery
Vancouver’s first distillery is now open for free visits and tasting tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 12noon to 6pm at 1451 Hornby Street. They’re serving up high quality London Dry-style gin made with BC juniper and a Texada limestone-filtered vodka. Cheers. Continue reading:
6 Free Things To Do in Vancouver Between Now and the End of April

Eat Your Way Through the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, April 4 -30

Takoyaki - savory octopus scallion balls - at Sakura Days Japan Fair. Photo credit: MartialArtsNomad.com

Takoyaki – savory octopus scallion balls – at Sakura Days Japan Fair. Photo credit: MartialArtsNomad.com

There’s a Japanese proverb “hana yori dango” that translates as “dumplings rather than flowers,” meaning people are more interested in food than blossoms during sakura festivals. Given the all star line-up of food events at Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013, taking place April 4-30, you may feel the same way, even though the blossoms sure are pretty.

From Sakura Westcoast Afternoon Tea Service to Cherry Jam SakuraB bento boxes, ramen, chirashizushi and enticing Japanese street eats by Mogu and Japadog, here are the top food events at Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013. Continue reading:
Eat Your Way Through the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, April 4 -30